The NFL itself, from its place on the mountaintop of Madden Mobile Coins sports, can heed the words from "Henry IV, Part II" as it faces legal challenges over chronic brain injury: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."And maybe it's time to reconsider Cam Newton's postgame Super Bowl news conference. Altogether sullen, with his hoodie pulled low, the defeated Carolina Panthers quarterback may well have been lost in the admonition from "King Henry the Fifth": "Men of few words are the best men."Across basketball, Shakespeare's advice holds.
Michigan State ("Beware the Ides of March."); Philadelphia 76ers ("Nothing will come of nothing."); Golden State Warriors ("Be not afraid of greatness.").The anniversary of Shakespeare's death — and scholars mostly agree he was also born on April 23 — is a good time to place his words beside two of the most celebrated figures in sports.
Tiger Woods, were he to summon "Romeo and Juliet," might be forced to agree: "For you and I are past our dancing days." As for Derek Jeter, the Yankee great retired to his Florida palace by the sea, the line from "Macbeth" is uncontested. "I bear a charmed life."The Olympics are less than four months away.
Shakespeare, though not a member of the International Olympic Committee, understood the importance of keeping pace with preparations."The Buy Madden Coins game is afoot," he writes in "King Henry the Fourth."Organizers in Rio de Janeiro, like a monarch of yore, are beset on all fronts: befouled waters, a viral pestilence, a battered treasury, a besieged leader, an enraged populace.The Games are afoot. What's to be?